Sempra Energy filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission December 10 for permission to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal on the Louisiana coast that would be capable of exporting 1.7 cu ft./day of domestically produced natural gas to international markets. The filing keeps the project on schedule to receive FERC approval and begin construction in the fourth quarter of next year. The company is also awaiting an export license from the Department of Energy.